Police Confirm Missing Iowa Girls' Bodies Have Been Found & More Horrifying Details Are Coming

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Missing Iowa girlsThe worst has happened. The search for missing Iowa girls Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 11, and Elizabeth Collins, 9, has officially ended in tragedy. At a press conference this afternoon, police confirmed the bodies found by hunters in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area are indeed those of the cousins who disappeared in July.

Technically, it will take the actual medical examiner's report to give the Cook, Morrissey, and Collins families a positive ID and give police in Evansdale, Iowa a cause of death. But the sure note in the voice of Black Hawk County sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben during this afternoon's announcement left no doubt. These are the girls.

Lyric and Elizabeth are gone.

When asked how he could be so certain, Abben could only say that there are no other children missing in the Evansdale area, and the two bodies found were small in stature -- strong evidence but not exactly a slam dunk. And yet, I have a feeling the announcement was made as much for the family's sakes as anything. 

Lyric's and Elizabeth's parents can't be kept hanging on, wondering any longer. They need closure, as much as they can get, anyway, with the result of the autopsy yet to come, with the horror of what happened to their children soon to come out. They need to be given the chance to transition from anxious waiting to coming to terms with pure grief.

It is, of course, the worst outcome. We all hoped that they were being kept somewhere, alive, and that they would be found. It may have been naive, but miracles have happened. Look at Jaycee Dugard, at Elizabeth Smart. I'm sure the girls' parents have more than once over the months since their daughters went out on a bike ride and never came back. Just last month, they wrote a letter to the anonymous person they thought might have abducted their girls, a letter of sympathy that showed they were still holding out hope.

Crushing their dream is hard, but Lyric's and Elizabeth's families are going to have to find strength for another, equally hard road ahead.

The reward of $150,000 for providing information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for Lyric's and Elizabeth's deaths is still on the table. And while Abben said the girls' disappearance is still being treated as an abduction, he admitted it will likely now be turned into a homicide investigation. Soon these parents will find out how their daughters died, maybe one day why, what kind of monster would do this to two innocent young children.

My heart goes out to families of the missing girls. What they heard today wasn't something anyone wants to hear. But this is only the beginning of the pain for these families.

What would you like to say to these families today?


Image via Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department 

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nonmember avatar Sandra Mar

As a mother who has also buried a child, I agonize with you, Never to be compared in the way you've had to endure such a great loss. One thing remains a fact. Romans 12:19 and Rev. 21:4-9 IF YOU BELIEVE AND KNOW JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR, YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I, HIS PROMISES ARE FAITHFUL AND TRUE. IN HIS

LOVE, THE MAR FAMILY. (We are friends of Wally Bellows)

mom3g... mom3grand3

For some more details go to local newspaper at http://wcfcourier.com/news/evansdale_search/sheriff-discovery-of-cousins-bodies-could-help-catch-their-killer/article_bf44da9c-4092-11e2-86a8-001a4bcf887a.html. Per  this article "...officers did search the popular hunting and fishing spot but the bodies would have been hard for anyone to spot. "Even the hunters, if they had gone five feet in either direction, would not have found those bodies," he said." Also shown are pictures of the wooded area.

Yvonne Mitchell

As a parent I wept for these children who were taken from their families so full of life and a future ahead. I hope they catch the person that did this to them. Corporal punishment - death.

nonmember avatar Nicole

My condolences,and sympathy goes out to the family,no mother should have to bury their children,R.I.P.girls

Tina Prewitt McMahon

The loss of a child is perhaps one of the worst and most heart breaking tragedies imaginable. It makes the world feel like a dark and disheartening place. My words of condolence and sadness are so lacking for such a huge and unbearable loss. I will pray for the families of these lovely young girls. I will hope that the light and joy they brought to their families will never be deminished even in death. I am so sorry....

Breanne Jones

It was confirmed monday that it was the girls.

Cindy Wolf

a high school friends of mine went "missing". She said she would be at a local park, and would be back to her mothers house an hour or so later. She didn't go to work, didn't show up at her mothers, her car was found at the park and her body later found on the trail. When things add up, they add up. Once someone is confirmed dead the best you can hope for uis evidence, lots and lots of evidence to bring the killer to justice, for the sake of the friends and families involved !

Kellie Benner

Surpised this didn't make the news, the disapperance barely did and we are right here in Missouri. While the abduction of the girl from California made national headlines. Think alot of it was because of the families criminal activities and the fact that they were looking at family members for the crime.


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